Federal prosecutor charges three Iranians charged with violating sanctions

The US Federal prosecutors in New York have charged three Iranians with illegally exporting “many tons" of carbon fiber to Iran; Carbon fiber is a substance used in missiles and nuclear centrifuges.

After the extradition of Behzad Ghannadpour, once of the accused, from Germany on Monday, the Federal prosecutor in New York announced the charges against the three individuals.

According to federal authorities, the other two, Alireza Shokri and Farzin Faridmanesh remain at large.

The U.S sanctions against Iran forbids the export of fiber carbon to the country because it is used in long-distance missiles and the manufacture of the rotors in centrifuges that enrich uranium.

According to the indictment, the three individuals who operate out of Iran acquired “many tons” of carbon fiber between 2008 and 2013 and exported it to Iran illegally.

The indictment claims that Shokri was in charge of the acquisition of the substance, Pour Ghannad was responsible for financing the transactions, and Faridmanesh was in charge of shipping.

The exact amount of the shipped material is unclear, and the defendants used fake documents claiming the material was acrylic.

Pour Ghannad was arrested on May 3 of 2017 in Germany.


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